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Forget Me Not!

“To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors.” ― Tia Walker Our work calls and hectic schedules often take us from our loved ones back home. We still remember those days when we would wait for our grandfather to come home from work and ladle us with attention. Look, where we have reached now. Our grandparents wait for us to come home from work and sit by their sides. In general terms, what we fail to understand is our parents and grandparents too are growing older along us, and perhaps, it is time we shower them with our attention and love. Not because they need it, they deserve it. It is heart wrenching to see our elders fighting their fears and apprehensions; many a times, they turn lonely and develop memory lapses and forgetfulness. They crave company yet withdraw themselves from the society and social events. They are more susceptible to illnesses; and face financial crisis due to retirement. With an increase in health care facilities, their pension does not pretty much cover their expenses. Due to this, they face regular bouts of social breakdown. Questions like, “What have I achieved in my life?” “Am I leaving my mark behind?” visit their minds and they are lost in thoughts. But this is not just the end of it. They tend to experience verbal abuse and physical abuse many a times. They disengage themselves from the society, and we let them be. What we do not understand is a more active life presents them with a more happy and satisfied life. Let us change this. Let us give them a life they deserve. Today, do things differently. For instance, just read what we want you to do: 1) Go home to your elders today. Sit with them, and ask them about their childhood. Observe how their eyes light up when they narrate the tales of their childhood. 2) Do you still remember the aroma of your grandmother’s food? Her delicacies were mouthwatering and occupied a major part of your childhood. And of course, all the fattening too! Your grandmother cannot cook the same any longer. It is payback time. Cook for her. Cook her favourites. And have a good lunch with her. Reminisce all the good moments you have spent with her as a child. Cherish those moments. 3) Give them a call. They wait for it. A call at least once in 2 days would delight them beyond any measure. They love to know they are being cared and remembered. Let them know they aren’t forgotten. 4) Those long walks with your grandparents were amazing when you were a child. Those cycle rides when your grandpa would literally push your bike around the streets were wonderful. It is time you take them out for a walk now. They need your support. 5) We cannot remember the number of times we got a massive amount of pocket money from our grandparents. So what if they do not earn any longer? You do! It is time you treat them now. Pamper them, and take them to their favourite spots. They love museums and libraries. And when you go to those places with them, you’ll always learn great things. What’s better to learn about history than learning it from someone who experienced past? Go home, do your share, and forget them not.
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